PREVIEW: Rare Eye Condition Not Slowing Down Sioux Falls Youth Pitcher


A young baseball player in KELOLAND has a vision to play professionally despite a rare eye condition. 

A pitcher for the 14-under team of Post 15 Legion East, Logan Stockberger, just tossed a perfect game this past weekend. It’s quite the spectacle as he has no pigment in his retinas and suffers from horizontal nystagmus. That means his eyes move side-to-side involuntarily. When he was a baby, doctors told his parents he might not be able to play sports or drive a car. 

“I remember they’d ask what I do in my free time. I’d say I play baseball. They’re like, ‘Oh really, you play baseball? How do you do that?’ I was like, same way everybody else does. I didn’t really think it was a factor at that point. Later on I realized more about and realized what adjustments I had to make. I just made them,” Stockberger said. 

By tilting his head, he’s able to focus his eyes enough to see small objects like a baseball better. 

Logan’s team won state last year and they’re in the playoffs again this summer. He credits his teammates for the perfect game. 

The full story will air Wednesday night on KELOLAND News.

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